2012 Inductee - Rosa Castellanos


2012 Inductee - Rosa Castellanos

Health and Science

Rosa Castellanos was born to Luciano and Lucila Barba in Stockton Ca. She was one of six children. Her father worked at Tillie Lewis Cannery for many years. He was the strength and glue of the family and shaped who Rosa is today. She is the proud mother of two young men, Michael and Eric. The joy of her life is being a “Nana” to her six year old grand-daughter, Kayla.

In 1978-1994 Rosa was a Psychiatric Technician working for Stockton Developmental Services. In 1995 she earned an Associate Nursing Degree at San Joaquin Delta College becoming a Registered Nurse. Having always dreamed of being in the Air Force Reserve in 1995 she enlisted becoming a 2nd lieutenant officer in the Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron at Travis Air Force Base. Rosa received an honorable discharge as Captain in 2009.

Being a Registered Nurse professional and for the last ten years being a National Certified Diabetes Educator has given Rosa a passion for advocating for the prevention and treatment of Diabetes. She teaches classes in English and Spanish reaching a population of Latinos for which diabetes is a grave health concern. Rosa contributes by raising awareness and advocating for change for those affected by diabetes. Rosa empowers them with the skills and tools needed to reduce long-term complications of the disease and helps promote a healthier lifestyle. Rosa volunteers with various national health organizations in order to bring health fairs and screening to our area.

In 2009 Rosa was selected one of three health care professionals selected from across the United States to be invited by the Department of Women’s Health in Washington DC for the launching of a national Latino health core curriculum targeting children’s health and nutrition. In 2010 she was one of the first certified diabetes educators to be invited by the Giants baseball team to be part of the Junior Giants Health Fair Clinic at ATT Baseball Park and our Community Centers Junior Giants programs. In 2010 St. Joseph’s Medical Center launched a new Self-Management Health Program to provide the services free to Stockton. Rosa is in charge of the implementation of the program bringing it to community organizations and faith-based churches. Being an advocate for health and with a grateful heart she is the recipient of the 2011 Susan B. Anthony San Joaquin County Women of Achievement award and in 2010 received Nurse of Distinction award acknowledged by her peer professionals.

Rosa thanks St. Joseph’s Medical Center for their continued support in servicing our community; the love of her children, and the good Lord for all the blessings he has bestowed upon her.